10 things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

By: Lynn Chambers

Author: Canadian Living


10 things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

By: Lynn Chambers
1. The Malecon
This seaside boardwalk is an open-air art gallery lined with wonderful bronze sculptures by well-known local, national and international artists. Explore the self-guided art scene, and visit some of Puerto Vallarta’s fine galleries, which host special exhibitions from a wide range of artists.

2. Las Caletas
A scenic cruise across Banderas Bay takes you to Las Caletas, which was once the home of film director John Huston. Huston considered it one of the most beautiful places in the world – and so will you. Spend the day snorkelling and kayaking, then dine by the sea at sunset and take in the breathtaking Rhythms of the Night – a hypnotic and exhilarating spectacle where stories of an ancient civilization are told through live music and modern dance.

3. Hit the spa
Relax at one of the many spas in Puerto Vallarta.
• The Casa Velas Boutique Hotel offers an luxurious all-inclusive experience.
• Indulge in a body treatment or couple's massage on the beach at the seaside Ohtli Spa.
• Experience ethereal bliss with an aromatic spa service at the Villa Premiere, a beautiful boutique hotel.

4. Dine out
Enjoy Puero Vallarta’s many excellent restaurants and sample the wonderful local seafood, including fresh scallops, red snapper, grouper and halibut. Try incredible Mexican fusion cuisine on the waterfront at the intimately torch-lit Blanca Blue restaurant.

Cafe des Artistes, set in a century-old home on the hill overlooking the Malecón, is renowned for their delicious and artistic desserts.

5. Do the Fandango
The musical Fandango at the Vallarta Theatre will take you on a musical journey through contemporary Mexico. This lively and colourful performance takes a modern approach to Mexican culture through dance, modern Mexican folk music and even a fresh take on the mariachi band.

6. Zip lining

Go zip-lining across the lush jungle canopy of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the El Eden Eco Park. Visit the set where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Predator was filmed and try the natural rock water slides before breaking for lunch at the El Eden Garden Restaurant.

7. Live jazz
Take a scenic coastal drive to the Futures area for the Wednesday night jazz shows at the Blanca Blue Bar at the stunning Garza Blanca Preserve Oceanfront Resort.

8. Tequila
Enjoy a tequila tasting at Tequila Don Crispin Factory, and learn about their century-old process for making hand-crafted tequila with 100 per cent pure blue agave. It's time to cut lose! After all, tequila is the country’s national spirit.

9. Yelapa
Stay the night at this bohemian paradise, where the palm-thatched-roofed cabins offer a total escape from civilization. Be sure to taste Chelly Pay’s daily selection of pies as she cruises the beach with her fresh creations balanced on her head.

10. Shop
You’ll be tempted by the diversity of goods on offer, from contemporary art to native Huichol artwork. Browse through an endless selection of intricate crafts, artisanal furniture, jewellery, ceramics and, of course, tequila!

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